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Cardiff City 1-3 Norwich City

Norwich's Dennis Srbeny heads home his second goal against Cardiff
Norwich's Dennis Srbeny heads home his second goal against Cardiff

Cardiff City remain winless this season after a dismal home defeat by Norwich City in the Carabao Cup second round.

Dennis Srbeny's thumping strike gave the Championship visitors a 1-0 half-time lead.

Srbeny nodded in his second and Max Aarons added a third against their woeful Premier League opponents.

Bruno Ecuele Manga headed Cardiff's first goal of the season but their belated attacking efforts proved to be in vain.

Neil Warnock's side started this match as the only one of the 92 Premier League and Football League sides who had failed to score so far in this campaign.

But even after making nine changes from Saturday's 0-0 draw at Huddersfield, the Bluebirds were still expected to prevail against the Canaries, who themselves made 10 alterations from the weekend's 3-0 home defeat by Leeds United.

That was not the case in a first half in which Norwich created the better chances and deservedly led.

After two of his shots were saved by Cardiff's debutant goalkeeper Alex Smithies, Srbeny found himself just inside the penalty area and let fly with a left-footed effort which arrowed into the top far corner.

It was a comfortable evening for Norwich, at odds with a testing start to the season which has seen them lose three of their first five Championship fixtures.

Their task was made easier here by their charitable hosts, whose defending was particularly generous for the second goal, with Marco Stiepermann strolling to the byeline and clipping his cross to the back post, where Srbeny nodded in.

Aarons hooked in Norwich's third to darken the mood for the majority of an already glum crowd of only 6,953 at Cardiff City Stadium.

But they had reason to cheer - albeit with a hint of irony - when Ecuele Manga headed in from a corner to reduce Cardiff's deficit and end his side's barren spell in front of goal.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said:

"It showed that quite a lot of the lads needed games, we were a little bit off the pace. Obviously you need games.

"But it's opened my eyes to team selection for Sunday [against Arsenal] and that's what it was meant to be.

"The only major decision I had in my mind for Sunday I won't be doing that now... I more or less know what my team's going to be and tonight didn't put me off that, 10 out of 11 players I've got that in my mind."

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke said:

"I'm pleased, an away win at a Premier League game is a great result and an outstanding performance.

"We should be here with more points in the league, but we just need to keep performing like we did here."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 12Smithies
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16Connolly
  • 2Peltier
  • 6RichardsBooked at 40minsSubstituted forWardat 59'minutes
  • 21CamarasaSubstituted forZohoreat 71'minutes
  • 23K Harris
  • 20DamourBooked at 73mins
  • 18Cunningham
  • 14Reid
  • 24MadineSubstituted forPatersonat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 9Ward
  • 10Zohore
  • 13Paterson
  • 28Murphy
  • 36Coxe
  • 37Brown

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 37Aarons
  • 24Passlack
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 29mins
  • 36CantwellSubstituted forRhodesat 90+1'minutes
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forLeitnerat 67'minutes
  • 4Godfrey
  • 27Tettey
  • 17BuendíaBooked at 79minsSubstituted forMarshallat 83'minutes
  • 32Srbeny

Substitutes

  • 1Krul
  • 7Marshall
  • 10Leitner
  • 11Rhodes
  • 22Pukki
  • 25Hernández
  • 31Hanley
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
6,953

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Norwich City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Norwich City 3.

Hand ball by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Christoph Zimmermann.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Todd Cantwell.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Hand ball by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ben Marshall replaces Emiliano Buendía.

Attempt blocked. Bobby Reid (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Danny Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Moritz Leitner (Norwich City).

Attempt saved. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City).

Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Norwich City 3. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Bobby Reid following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Maximillian Aarons.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Víctor Camarasa.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Christoph Zimmermann.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Norwich City 3. Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Moritz Leitner replaces Tom Trybull.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Norwich City 2. Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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